Michael Combs is a 17-year-old junior and a member of his high school’s marching band. When he enters college, he plans to study marine biology and computer science. He joined scouting in 2003, and Troop 165 in 2008, where he has earned over 100 merit badges and multiple Eagle palms. Over the past year or so Michael has been one of many members of the ESCAA group to help a severely disabled Marine combat veteran to learn how to ride a bike so that he could participate in the Marine Corps Marathon. That Marine taught Michael to never give up; whenever life isn't perfect for you, you need to keep pushing forward.
For his Eagle Scout project, Michael built a handicap-accessible hunting blind at the Merimac Wildlife Management Area for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. It was the first of its kind in Virginia, and since then Virginia has used the blueprints from his project to build other such blinds around the state. Michael is riding with ESCAA because it will be one of the most memorable things he does in his entire life.
Memberships and Accolades: Chancellor High School Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Latin Club, Science Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Order of the Arrow (National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts), Junior Member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Received the William Hornaday Conservation Award, and is a member of Spotswood Baptist Church.